Reopening Plan

13. PHYSICAL INTERVENTIONS INCLUDING RESTRAINT PROTOCOLS

  • All non-physical deescalation strategies deemed appropriate by PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) and/or Safety Care Behavioral Safety Training will be utilized to reduce the need for physical restraint of any student.
  • Physical restraint of any student, especially long or extended restraints, will be utilized only as a last resort in situations where serious harm is imminent to the student and/or staff member.
  • Only staff trained in the use of proper physical restraint will participate in the restraint of any student.
  • Staff participating in physical restraint must wear a mask and will be provided with additional protective equipment, i.e., disposable gloves, disposable masks, face shields, eye protection, long sleeves or gowns.
  • It is important that staff involved avoid touching eyes, mouth, and nose of themselves and others.
  • Only staff required for safely restraining a student will be involved. One additional staff member will monitor those who are involved in the restraint.  If new or additional PPE is needed or if the staff involved needs to step out, this monitoring person will provide new equipment and rotate in to maximize safety.
  • First responders will be relieved as soon as possible if not wearing appropriate protective equipment.
  • Following a restraint, all personal protective equipment will be removed and disposed of immediately.
  • Staff should have a second set of clothing available to change into if necessary.
  • Any mat used during a restraint will be properly cleaned and disinfected after being used if time permits, and after using EPA approved disinfectant. If not, the mat should be stored in a designated area so that it is not used/touched until cleaning and disinfecting can be done.
  • Once all health and safety issues have been addressed, regular protocols for debriefing and reporting will be followed.